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Nyaope to be officially classified

By Katlego Moeng Crime Reporter | Feb 28, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 28 ]

NYAOPE will finally be included in the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act and be officially classified as illegal.

Sowetan has previously reported that the street drug nyaope was not classified as an illegal substance and police officials and prosecutors were thus struggling to stem the trade and use of the physically and mentally debilitating drug.

But now the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has said it is in the process of amending the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992 "with a view to ensure that those arrested for possession and dealing in the substance referred to as 'nyaope' or 'wunga', (as it is commonly known in KwaZulu-Natal), are successfully prosecuted".

"This is in the wake of the escalating rate of abuse which is also believed to be the cause of some heinous crimes committed around the country as well as the non-classification of this substance as an illegal drug," said department spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga.

Nyaope consists of a concoction of anti-retroviral drugs, milk powder, rat poison, bicarbonate of soda and pool cleaner, and is usually laced with a cheap form of heroin. It is commonly smoked with dagga or sometimes tobacco.

Mhaga said heroin and dagga were already listed as undesirable dependence-producing substances in the act which prohibits the use, possession, production and commercialisation thereof.

"While it is true that prosecution for possession and dealing in nyaope is legally impossible, prosecution of people found in possession may proceed if the substance contains other prohibited drugs like heroin and dagga as they are illegal drugs in terms of the Act," he said.

He said his department was in consultation with the Department of Health.

"The amendment will prohibit possession and dealing in any mixture that contains chemical substances that have the same effect as the prohibited and illegal substances," he said.

But the DA has lambasted the Department of Social Development for failing to appoint a Central Drug Authority (CDA) board.

The board advises the minister on drug abuse and promotes measures for the prevention and combating of drug abuse and the treatment of persons dependent on drugs.

"Abuse of this substance has been linked to criminal activity, particularly in Gauteng, but without classification, the police cannot tackle the problem," said DA MP Mike Waters. "It is essential for the drug to be classified as soon as possible.

"The required review of the national drug master plan is now a year overdue, and the minister has failed to appoint new board members to the CDA, after the previous board was dissolved at the end of September."

"[This] means we do not have a functioning government institution to tackle substance abuse." - moengk@sowetan.co.za


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leave the natural herb out of this. mother nature has never created a 'drug'. people create drugs.

Feb 28, 2013 7:36 | 0 replies

lol what are the sweets for?

Feb 28, 2013 10:5 | 0 replies

The sad party is those dedicated people that become victims while trying to uplift the community by offering a helping hand to all these young Tsotsis that are on this habit & want to stop. Last week my friend's colleague was attacked & attempted to be raped while she was conducting a therapy session at hospital.

Feb 28, 2013 10:12 | 0 replies

Eish! Ka phatloga my bra!

Feb 28, 2013 10:24 | 0 replies

lol what are the sweets for?
After smoking they crave sweet stuff like candy, redcake, yoghurt, biscuit, soft drinks!

Feb 28, 2013 10:27 | 0 replies

Everybody knew that Sowetan, and the reason was becuase it is made of different ingridients depending where in SA, in Cape Town they mix with AR.V, in Pretoria mix with galephirime, in JHB mix with all the other pills, and also most of the ingridients are legal, and it is only mixed when they smoke, becuase ARV. Ra.ttex, Galeph.irime(PTA), other sorts of pills are legal, you can carry them around. and then mix and smoke.......

*The question is since all the other stuff are il.legal, like dag.ga, coca.ine etc, how hard is it to prosecute?

Feb 28, 2013 11:6 | 0 replies

this wont solve the real problem i think what will happen now is the drug dealers will increase their prices and this will drive the crime rate up

Feb 28, 2013 11:9 | 0 replies

because these boys gotta smoke and if its expensive they have to increase their criminal activities

Feb 28, 2013 11:10 | 0 replies

after it destroyed so many of our young people only now theyclassify it illegal! sho kante all along its been legal? Just asking....

Feb 28, 2013 11:29 | 0 replies

good news to my ears. thank God

Feb 28, 2013 12:25 | 0 replies

Dagga is just from a tree from our mother nature. Jeff Radebe this is not your country

Feb 28, 2013 12:57 | 0 replies